Wednesday, January 23, 2013

News Roundup - Komova injured?

-I just read a new article that talks about how Komova might miss this year's European and Russian Championships. She is having some kind of back problem and will have a proper diagnosis within 2-3 days. I hope it will not be serious. Hopefully she will be fine for worlds in October. Source 

-There will be a gala competition in France called From London to Rio. The list of gymnasts are pretty impressive. It will include artistic, rhythmic, and trampoline gymnasts.

MAG - David Belyavskiy, Emin Garibov, Alexander Klochkov, Vyacheslav Veselov,
WAG- Catalina Ponor, Sandra Izbasa, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Maria Paseka, Anna Pavlova(!)

Gala starts February 1-2 Official Website 

Just Because

2009 European Podium Training

Monday, January 21, 2013

Liu Zhilin 2013 AYOF BB & UB

I'm really liking this gymnast's style. Admittedly I haven't watched all the available AYOF videos yet but this gymnast stood out for me because of her beam combination and her potential to be a good bar worker. At the 2012 Massilia Cup Liu did a very unique and cool wolf jump hop + aerial cartwheel. This time at the AYOF she added a sissone leap after the aerial cartwheel.

Wolf jump hop + Aerial cartwheel gif from 2012 Massilia Cup. Source: monigymnastics

BB routine from 2013 AYOF:

UB: It's a shame that her intricate elgrip turns into release skills will no longer be worth 0.2 but now only 0.1. Her work is really clean.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Russian Senior Yulia Chemareva

One of Russia's new seniors is Yulia Chemareva. She is coached by Marina Nazarova who also coaches Ksenia Afanasyeva and ex-gymnast Ksenia Semenova. Chemareva is basically an uneven bars specialist. She is good on bars and decent on floor exercise. Her beam has potential if she works hard on execution and consistency. She is by far the cleanest bar worker compared to the other new up and coming Russian juniors/seniors. I hope she can be a contender as one of Russia's top gymnasts.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy Birthday To Kohei Uchimura

I think it will take a long time before we see another dominate AA gymnast like Uchimura. Uchimura has won a world record of 4 AA titles in a row. He is truly an amazing gymnast. Apparently he is now married and is expecting a child. I hope he will still continue to compete this quad. I wish him all the best in life. He is one of the greatest gymnasts of all time.

I'm not really an artistic guy when it comes to photoshop and making youtube montages so I've been waiting for all the artistic gym fans to hopefully make something for Uchimura. Tumblr is already showing some love for Uchimura. I just reblog :). Here are some photos of Uchimura I found on the internet from '09-'12.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My Blog Turned 1 Today

It has finally been a year since I started this blog. Its been fun. At times I wanted to give up but I've realized that blogging can be useful for archives. It is also fun to blog when I am bored. When I first started this blog I wasn't expecting to get many readers. My aim was to at least get about 1,000 views in a year. It might sound like a small target but I wasn't expecting anyone to really read my blog. My blog as of today has over 29, 000 + views. That's impressive to me. I've never thought I'll reach that much views with my little blog.

I want to thank everyone who has read and still reads my blog. It's a good feeling knowing that there are people around the world who are reading my little blog. I want to thank all the people who linked my posts to their blogs especially Gymnastics Coaching. He is one of the major reasons why my blog is read and gets views. And finally thanks for all the comments, it's nice to read your thoughts and opinions. This past year I got 111 comments, including my own comments. My blog may not have the best grammar but I try to do my best. Thank you everyone and have a Happy New Year!

Here are some interesting stats about my blog.

I'm not surprised that the majority of my readers are from USA :). Here are the top 10 countries that visited my blog last year:

United States 12, 508
United Kingdom 2, 520
Russia 1, 535
Canada 1, 388
Germany 994
Australia 465
Hungary 449
Brazil 394
Singapore 335
Romania 290

Top Referring Sites 5, 082 1, 239 636 434 193 165 148 141 124 101

Top Searched Keywords

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Ksenia Afanasyeva 105
Bruce Lee yellow jumpsuit 73
Yulia Inshina 67
Viktoria Komova 61
Anastasia Grishina 39
Aliya Mustafina Tatar 38
Anna Dementyeva 37
Anna Pavlova Gymnast 35
Aliya Mustafina 32

My personal favourite and the post that I am most proud of would have to be the Shaposhnikova Variations.